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is an opportunity to discover your potential while experiencing a new country, family, friends and school.

An exchange allows you to explore who you are, what excites you and helps you to focus on your next steps. You’ll move to a new country, live with a family, just like you do at home, attend school and integrate into a new culture and life. Our world-leading online and in-person orientations will help you prepare and make the most of your experience. AFS will transform your life with new countries, new cultures, new people and experiences, helping you become a global citizen.

These aren’t tourist trips, you’ll live like a local and get a genuine taste for life in another culture. You’ll be treated as one of the family and get great support from AFS.


The first thing that AFSers say

“Life-changing”, is nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.

That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for university and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning. It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in your host country. In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.



AFS Aotearoa Scholarships

Intercultural exchange should be accessible for all students in Aotearoa New Zealand. With support from the AFS Education Trust, AFS New Zealand is providing a range of grants and scholarships for students from all walks of life. Click below to find out more about our funding options in 2024 and beyond.

Find out more about our scholarship options here!

FAQs for Students

  • AFS students are not tourists. Most students live with a volunteer host family, who along with AFS volunteers and staff will help your transition to your new school and become an active member of  your community. Depending on the program, some students stay in other types of living arrangements—but all are supported by trained AFS volunteers and staff committed to making your experience meaningful and enjoyable as a member of a friendly community.
  • Through the AFS support network, you will become an active member of the host community, whether you go to a local school or  volunteer

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

AFS provides comprehensive orientation for all students and families before, during and after your exchange – AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you the whole way through! In-person orientation camps in New Zealand and your host country are supplemented by our world-leading online Student Learning Journey, which is an interactive course that brings AFSers from around the world together to develop essential global skills, learn intercultural communication techniques, and practice social impact. This journey will help you maximise your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community, and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad and as you return to your home country. Find out more about our educational expertise here!